Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has slammed Chelsea striker Diego Costa for his provocation of opposition and aggressive approach.
The Gunners were beaten 2-0 by their London rivals at Stamford Bridge yesterday, with the visitors reduced to nine men after seeing two players sent off.
Costa played a role in Gabriel’s dismissal, in the latest instance of the former Atletico Madrid forward’s questionable behaviour.
Wenger has stated that although the Arsenal defender should not have responded, Costa should also have been sent off too.
“He can do what he wants and he stays on,” the Arsenal manager is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“Everyone else that responds to him has to be sent off. It’s unacceptable. But he always gets away with it. He will do the same again next week, and the week after, and he always gets away with it.
“To have two sendings-off for us and Diego Costa still on the pitch, it is a shame.
“In every game there is aggravation from him. If you look at the pictures and what he does to [Laurent] Koscielny, he pushes him down and hits him in the face.
“He is always provoking and he also uses the naivety of [the referee] Mike Dean in this game, as well as my players. Gabriel deserves it but I don’t understand how Costa was not sent off.”
The win continues Jose Mourinho’s strong record against Wenger and gets the reigning Premier League champions moving in the right direction after a slow start to the new campaign.
Arsenal have suffered two defeats in quick succession after also losing to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League in midweek.
The Gunners now face North London rivals Tottenham in the Capital One Cup in midweek, with pressure mounting on Wenger and his side.